Friday, 16 November, 2018

Donald Trump Wants To Meet Alone With Vladimir Putin At Helsinki Summit

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Ray Hunter | 10 July, 2018, 07:58

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also tweeted harsh words about the host of the summit, the prime minister of Canada, after his departure from Canada, and refused to sign a joint statement.

The president and his top aides have given few signs that he intends to moderate his tough love rhetoric and demands for America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies or that he plans to deliver ultimatums to the Russian president about meddling in future American elections or giving up the Crimea region of Ukraine he seized in 2014. "That's not two percent". He particularly targeted the German government for failing to adopt this. "And it is a big- it's a big part of our deterrence effort to keep them from taking over sovereign nations as they did in the Ukraine when they took Crimea in 2014", she told CBS News.

"Instead of viewing it that way, he views it as "The U.S. has been played"...and it's always this 'They're laughing at us, '" he added. But if one listens just to her boss, it is not a stretch to wonder just how unified such an global body can be if its most influential and wealthy member appears skeptical of its necessity and the manner in which it is funded. But it is not the only problem.

Trump pivoted, taking aim at European Union trade barriers to the United States: "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the US, with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!" And he's ready to try to regularize things with Putin. The Mueller investigation and the rumors about some members of the Trump campaign's relations with Russian Federation have been closely followed by public opinion.

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At the time, Trump ignored his national security advisers and congratulated Putin on what was widely believed to be a sham reelection victory.

Trump has insisted that he will be "totally prepared" for the summit with Putin, saying that he "might even end up having a good relationship" with the Russian strongman.

Of course there are other issues that raise questions about US foreign policy.

While it is in no one's interest to stumble backward into a Cold War, the huge political disconnect between Trump's dislike of Nato's democratic leaders and his frequently expressed admiration for the authoritarian Putin is an enormous discontinuity for the alliance. Although this was not confirmed by members of the administration, the fact that it was leaked to the press demonstrates a certain degree of thinking about that. Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defence, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility.

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